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Crews to work through the weekend due to significant snowfall

Snow and ice control crews are working to clear priority routes as a significant snow system moves through the region. Crews will be clearing priority one and priority two routes during both day and night shifts and utilizing all available staff and equipment to bring city roads to a reasonable condition as soon as possible per Council’s Snow and Ice Control Policy.

Some forecasts are calling for in excess of 20cm of snow to accumulate through Saturday. Residents are advised that when the Prince George area receives accumulated snowfall of 20cm or more in a 24-hour period, the City of Prince George will issue a heavy snowfall declaration to notify residents that crews will likely take longer than usual to clear the streets and to allow pedestrians and motorists to plan accordingly. Correspondingly, heavy snowfall declarations extend completion time for crews by 24 hours when the 20cm heavy snowfall threshold is reached. An additional 24 hours is added for every eight centimetres of snow the city receives beyond this threshold.

Multiple factors, including temperatures, accompanying weather systems, and total snow accumulation affect operations, timelines, and decisions about equipment deployment.

Please be advised that crews will be clearing routes downtown through the weekend, including overnight tonight and on Saturday. Consequently, motorists who intend to visit the downtown during the evenings this weekend are reminded that on-street parking is prohibited from midnight to 7 a.m. per the city’s winter parking restrictions, which are intended to assist snow and ice control operations. Note: illegally parked vehicles are subject to a $50 ticket per offence and/or may be towed.

Further information about city snow and ice control operations can be found on the city website at www.princegeorge.ca/snow. Residents can also view an online video for an overview of these operations.

Citizens can keep current on information about snow clearing and other road operations by subscribing to the city’s News and Events service (select the “Roads” category).

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